It’s no secret that women are under-represented in STEM fields. The National Science Foundation reports that women comprise just over 40% of graduate students in science and technology. However, women with a Master’s degree or higher who are actually employed in science or engineering occupations currently comprise only 30% of workers in those fields. For this reason alone, we are excited to welcome Dr. Liza Comita as an assistant professor of tropical forest management at F&ES. However, although Dr. Comita is an excellent role model for women pursuing STEM fields, this is far outshined by her depth of knowledge and experience, as well as the opportunities she brings for F&ES students to pursue tropical studies while at Yale.
This spring, Dr. Comita, along with Dr
TGIF (“Thank God I’m a Forester”) is a Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies tradition. The Friday events are hosted by the Forestry Club – a student-run group tasked with organizing FES social functions – and bring foresters together to relax, unwind, and enjoy each other’s company after a week of hard work.
On Friday, the Forestry Club hosted its annual International TGIF – an evening intended to celebrate the School’s diverse student body (roughly 30 percent of F&ES students come from abroad!). Flags and photos adorned Bowers Auditorium and music played while international students prepared dishes from their home countries to share with classmates. Many countries were represented, including Japan, Kenya, Mexico, and Norway –
Before launching a campaign to raise funds for breast cancer awareness in New Haven this month, Maggie Thomas ’15 M.E.M. and four other Yale students did their homework.
Their plan was to ask restaurants and bars across the city to add meals or drinks to their menus calling attention to the disease, as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Before making their pitches, they filled a spreadsheet with their negotiation questions, tailored for each business. (They asked one restaurant, for instance, “Would you consider putting a ‘boobie burger’ on your menu?”) If the initial pitch didn’t go well, they had a second question ready. And a third.
It turns out they didn’t need a spreadsheet. “In every restaurant we started by asking our most ridiculous question —…
To follow up on my post last week about one-time Technical Skills Modules, I thought I’d go ahead and tell you a little bit more about the opportunity to learn professional skills here at F&ES through one-credit courses offered each semester that aim to teach us about skills we might need in our future careers. These courses, known as Professional Skills Courses, or PSCs, here on campus, usually meet once a week during the evening, and are often taught by professionals in the field, rather than professors at the university.
This semester I’m taking a PSC taught by Kris Morico, a Global Leader of several Corporate Environmental Programs at General Electric Co., with a background in environmental engineering. The course, titled “Foundations of Environmental Leadership and Management,” is an…
This past Thursday evening, I was fortunate to be in the audience of Dean Crane’s leadership seminar, live-tweeting the week’s eminent guest, former F&ES Dean Gus Speth. I had gone to see him give a lecture before, back in 2012 while I was a senior in college, while he was on tour promoting his book Bridge At the End Of the World. Since then, he has continued on the path that many consider “radical,” advocating for a metamorphosis of our current consumerist economy into something that will work toward, not against, a sustainable future. Those in attendance were extremely enthusiastic to have our former dean back at Yale; for those who saw our F&ES’ers at the Climate March, our t-shirts actually had his face on them!…
The recent addition of Simon Queenborough to the F&ES faculty team is a major windfall for current and future students here at the School of Forestry. In addition to his new position as lecturer and researcher at F&ES, Dr. Queenborough has come on board as the new director of the Tropical Resources Institute. This diversity of roles means that students with a variety of backgrounds and interests will have the opportunity to interact with and learn from this dynamic new instructor.
This spring, Dr. Queenborough will kick off his course offerings with an introduction to tropical ecology. As a field-based course, it will spend the two weeks of spring break in the tropics, where students will benefit directly from Dr. Queenborough’s extensive field experience and interactive…
This past Saturday, I attended my first Yale sporting event. I watched Yale Football celebrate a 49-43 win over Army, one of its greatest non-league rivals. The game was exciting from start to finish – it began with four West Point cadets jumping from a helicopter high above to deliver the game ball and ended with Yale senior Tyler Varga’s fifth touchdown in overtime.
Another highlight of the day was the inaugural “Bike to the Bowl,” organized by Bulldog Sustainability. First year Forester Matt Viens and Yale College student Chris Bowman led the approximately two mile bike ride from Payne Whitney Gym to
Last night, I had the privilege of attending and live-tweeting the “Women In Environmental Leadership Panel” hosted by F&ES Dean Peter Crane’s class, “Environmental Leadership and Biography: Values, Decision Making and Impact in Environmental Management.” Justice Margaret Marshall, a former Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and Senior Fellow of the Yale Corporation, moderated the three-woman panel, which was constituted by Debra Moskovits, Vice President of Science and Education at the Field Museum in Chicago; Joyce Berry, Emeritus Dean at the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University; and Jackie Roberts ’89 M.E.M. ’89 M.B.A., the Chief Sustainability Officer at The Carlyle Group and former Executive for the Environmental Defense Fund.
Each woman shared personal stories about their individual journeys – such as who…
This past Sunday was a big day for environmentalists, as people gathered in city centers across the globe to raise awareness for the growing need for management and policy that accounts for anthropogenic climate change. I was lucky enough to be at the march in New York City, along with a handful of other F&ES students, and walked in solidarity with over 300,000 other people demanding action be taken on the climate crisis. The event has since been monikered “The Largest Climate March in History,” and has been covered by most of the world’s high-profile news agencies.
As I was standing at 70th Street, between skyscrapers and the park, singing and chanting with other F&ES students, and meeting Yale Alums (who upon seeing our large hand-painted signs, would come…
Hello! My name is Anne Haas and I am excited to be joining the admissions team! I am a joint Master of Environmental Management (MEM)/law (JD) student with Pace Law School. I am particularly interested in ecosystem conservation and management, ocean law and policy, and endangered species.
I am originally from the Southern Maine Coast; I spent many childhood summers exploring tide pools, building sand castles, and braving the cold ocean water. After high school, I traded the Atlantic Ocean for the Great Lakes. I attended Lake Forest College just north of Chicago where I majored in environmental studies and French and minored in biology. College provided a number of new and exciting experiences: I studied abroad in